I always look forward to this time of year. It’s so refreshing to have this week to rest and regroup for a strong finish to the school year. It’s also a time when we look forward to summer and finalize plans for vacation. Last year my family and I had the opportunity to spend a month traveling the western United States. At the end of our time away, my mom and I then spent a week on mission in Alaska. If you ever have the opportunity to travel west, do it! It’s AMAZING! God’s love for His creation is alive and evident. Traveling west always makes me think of how scrunched up we are on the east coast. There are miles and miles of beautiful, breath taking land between here and California. Okay, yes there are some boring stretches too that bring out the “Are we there yet?”, but all in all it’s a trip I can’t wait to make again. Below are a few pictures from our trip.
Back to spring break, I’m especially excited about our time leading up to Easter. My friend Jo Anne Aldridge and I frequently discuss with anticipation Christ’s return. One thing she has taught me is how in John 20:7 it describes how Jesus discarded the burial linens, but specifically folded the cloth covering his face and set it aside in the empty tomb. Some say in Hebrew culture, if a napkin was folded and set aside at the dinner table instead of being wadded and tossed on the plate; that this meant whoever did this was coming back. Do you get it? He’s coming back! Jesus knew Mary Magdalene would be coming to the empty tomb and would be devastated when it was found empty. What a sweet confirmation from our Heavenly Father of Him coming back.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of how our Christian brothers and sisters felt after Christ was crucified, buried, and then resurrected. I’m sure there was peace initially for them knowing His truth was validated on the Cross, but I have to think that there had to be overwhelming sadness too in not knowing exactly when He would return. Can you imagine the rush of adrenaline in seeing all of what Christ did first hand? What strong examples the disciples left for us to continue the Great Commission given by Jesus; life fulfilled here on earth.
So when you gather for Easter, whether away on vacation or at home with your family, remember this when looking at the folded napkin at dinner: CHRIST IS COMING BACK!
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